Porsche Reportedly Working on a Two-door Version of a Four-door Car (Don't Worry, There's a Four-door 'Coupe' SUV, Too)

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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The auto industry has become so unconventional, so bizarro world, that I became momentarily confused after reading a report that Porsche has a Panamera coupe in development.

Automakers don’t develop new coupes. They develop slightly more curvaceous versions of four-door crossovers and SUVs and call them coupes, but they’re certainly not coupes. Thus, I found myself picturing a curvaceous four-door liftback version of a curvaceous four-door liftback. Reality bent and flexed around me and the universe crumbled.

That’s apparently what Porsche is up to, though, and it’s looking like the two-door version of the Panamera — if built — will serve as a spiritual successor to the long departed 928.

The report from Germany’s AutoBild (via Motor1) claims we could see a grand touring variant of the Panamera sometime next year. Recall that Porsche recently stretched the model into something resembling a wagon — the Panamera Sport Turismo. The Panamera home could find itself hosting a threesome in a year’s time, though there’s a chance the model will appear under a separate name.

Joining this new two-door vehicle in the Porsche lineup is a much more obvious model, AutoBild claims, and that’s the requisite four-door coupe SUV — something Porsche, oddly, does not yet have. Yes, the Cayenne will reportedly gain a swoopier sibling, allowing its largest vehicle to battle the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

This model will apparently show its face (and carefully massaged rear end) later this year.

Much later, we can expect an electric version of the Macan SUV, riding atop a new, dedicated EV platform and housing three powerplants of varying grunt. Buyers would be able to choose from outputs of 215 to 430 horsepower. Range is pegged at 310 European miles, which translates into a U.S. driving distance somewhere in the low-to-mid 200-mile range — on par with the Jaguar I-Pace. The Macan EV should appear in 2022.

Four-door coupe SUVs, high-end grand tourer coupes, and electric vehicles. Yup, there’s no mistaking Porsche for anything but a premium German automaker.

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  • Roberto Esponja Roberto Esponja on May 04, 2018

    Am I the only one that thinks those avocado calipers make Porsches look like crap? Yeah, I know, it's a hybrid model thing, but come on...

    • Wodehouse Wodehouse on May 04, 2018

      Peek-a-boo calipers are the automotive equivalents of the human Tramp Stamp: unfortunate, and, extremely popular trends. Yuck!

  • Johnster Johnster on May 05, 2018

    I think a 2-door Panamera sounds great. I liked the 928, but it always looked a bit off to me. Also, I think that the station wagon version of the Panamera looks better than the 4-door.

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.
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